RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 31: Roman Polak #46 of the St. Louis Blues breaks up a play by knocking the puck away from Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game at PNC Arena on January 31, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday